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Well-known expert on the Joseph Smith Translation dies at 82

Published: Monday, Aug. 31 2009 5:00 p.m. MDT

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California Steve

Rest in peace Brother Matthews. I enjoyed your classes at BYU. I, as well as millions,have benefited from your work on the new versions of the scriptures.

Neal Kramer

This is a sad day for scholars of the gospel. Robert Matthews was a hard-nosed researcher and careful teacher of gospel truth.

He will be missed, but his legacy certainly lives on. He truly changed the face of gospel scholarship.

Gloria Smith

The world is a sadder place without Brother Matthews. He has inspired and helped millions. I count myself blessed to have known him as a teacher and Temple President. He blessed my life and my family's. I hope the memory of his kindness and love as well as the influence he has had on millions will carry his family through this sad time.
Gloria Smith


Matthews really did contribute a lot to LDS scholarship. We al benefited from the fruits of his work.

no time for pettiness

Not being LDS I have to confess to not knowing who Robert Matthews was before today but I agree with "tenor" ignore "Joe" he is not representative of those of us outside your faith. I am sorry for Matthews family and the LDS church's loss. RIP Mr Matthews.


As one who had the good fortune of sitting in a classroom with him- a master teacher and one who passionately loved his topic has been lost- condolances to his family and gradtitude for his passion and willingness to share would seem the only fitting words here

I agree

Brother Matthews was a great man who dedicated himself to advancing good works among men. Thanks and RIP.

Pure Soul

What a great scholar and a great man.

He wore out his life in the service of the Lord.

Thank you for the example you set.

You will be missed.

Learned from him

My condolences to the Matthews family. I was a student of his and was greatly blessed because of his knowledge and insight.


What a truly remarkable and great man. I got to interact with him just a little bit, and what impressed me was not simply his knowledge, but his genuine love and concern for others.

This man practiced what he believed in. He, of all people, would want everyone to be kind to "Joe" and return kindness rather than harshness.


I have watched andlistened to his discussions with the professors on BYU channel for years. I've heard and purchased his talks. I have learned so much from this warm, kind and intelligent man. I feel as though I know him and I miss him.


Is there a site that list the differences in translation and their significance? A non judgementalm one?


Thank you Bob for your unequaled contribution to bringing out of obscurity the JST. When the Saints came west, Orson Pratt was teaching from a copy of the JST, but President Brigham Young said not to because the Church didn't have access to the original manuscript which remained with Emma. Looking back, this was an inspired move by Pres. Young because when it comes to missionary work, using the KJV of the Bible was far more effective since most other Christians were using it. The last thing the Church needed to do at that time was to introduce a "new" Bible along with the Book of Mormon. When the time was right, the Lord raised up Bob Matthews to rebuild trust with the Community of Christ Church (then the Reorganized Church) allowing him and others access to the original JST manuscript. Eventually this paved the way for the 1979 LDS edition of the Bible which brings the KJV and the JST so masterfully together. Thank you Bob for following the Lord's plan for you. It has truly benefitted all of us. We'll see you on the other side! May the Lord comfort your family!


I took a class on the JST from him at BYU. I also have sat in on other lectures and classes he has given. I gained insights into the scriptures from him that have lasted long past the classroom. I also remember his kind demeanor and genuine desire to help students.

I was sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and colleagues.


We had the privilege of traveling through Italy, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Greece with Brother Matthews in October 1982. His lectures were chalk full of facts and data but the key to his profound teaching ability was his ability to infuse his lessons with the Holy Spirit. I'll miss him. We'll all miss him. Thank you Brother Matthews for your example and your friendship. Rest in Peace.


I think Joe asked a very good and relevant question. I suppose there are many with the same question. I don't think this forum is the best place to answer it but I would invite any who are truly curious as to why the LDS people believe such a thing to visit a nearby church and ask. It seems to me that Brother Matthews dedicated a good portion of his life to trying to answer Joe's question.


What a good man, we will miss him! Thanks for all the good things you did in your lifetime. We are very grateful to you!

Thank you

I knew President Matthews from Mt. Timpanogos. He was very kind and to me exemplified the true meaning of the term "Christian."

God speed and may He comfort your family.


I thought Brother Matthew's book A Plainer Translation was a high point in quality LDS scholarship. I did not have the chance to ever meet him nor take classes from him, but his scholarship left an impact on me. My condolences and best wishes to his family and loved ones.


Bishop Matthews was my freshman bishop at BYU. He was wise, kind, funny and a friend to our ward. I'll miss him.

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